In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty’s faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty’s employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a complicated string of darkly humorous events. –amctv
Combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, arch irony, and often brutal violence, the films of the Coen brothers have become synonymous with a style of filmmaking that pays tribute to classic American movie genres, especially film noir, while sustaining a firmly postmodern feel. Born in St. Louis Park, MN, in 1954, Joel Coen studied at New York University before moving into filmmaking in the early ‘80s. He and his younger brother began writing screenplays while Joel worked as an assistant editor on good friend Sam Raimi’s 1983 film The Evil Dead. In 1984, they made their debut with Blood Simple. Both of them wrote and edited the film (using the name Roderick Jaynes for the latter duty), while Joel took the directing credit and Ethan billed himself as the producer. It earned considerable critical acclaim and established the brothers as fresh, original talent. Their next major effort (after Crimewave, a 1985 film they wrote that was directed by Raimi), 1987’s Raising Arizona was a… read more
Gran filme inaugural de los Coen, con un guión increíble, abstemio de ese humor negro que más adelante será pilar de su filmografía, pero sí dueño de una ironía oscura. "Blood simple" es un filme noir que toma por prestado recursos de lo más clásico del género, tal como la femme fatale, el asesino anónimo, aquí no hay héroe idílico ni soluciones optimistas. El desenlace es crudo, producto de un enredo improvisado.
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Coen brothers first film Blood Simple is I think what made these guys a master in filmmaking. Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, Fargo, O Brother where art thou?, Burn… read review
Just an amazing debut and still one of the best movies that have come from the Coen Brothers. You can’t go wrong with a Film Noir plot and a David Lynch atmosphere. However, this is completely their… read review